TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: ACTING PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: NOVEMBER 2, 2016
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced today the arrests of MARK A. HOLDBROOKS (DOB: 01/16/1957; single; and unemployed) of 67 Macarthur Avenue, Closter, New Jersey, and DAVID VICTOR, a/k/a "King Victor" (DOB: 11/25/1980; single; and unemployed) of 2502 Cortelyou Road, Apt. 2H, Brooklyn, New York for the murder of Michael WRIGHT (DOB: 01/07/1980) in Closter, New Jersey, in November 2015. The arrest is the result of a year-long joint investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Homicide Squad, under the direction of Officer-in-Charge, Deputy Chief Robert ANZILOTTI, the Closter Police Department, under the direction of Chief Dennis Kaine, the New York City Police Department 70th Precinct Detective Squad, under the direction of NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce, and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office under the direction of Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.
On Sunday, November 8, 2015, at 9:21 p.m., the Closter Police Department received a telephone call reporting a missing person. Police officers responded to 67 Macarthur Avenue, Closter, New Jersey, to interview HOLDBROOKS, the person who made the report. HOLDBROOKS reported that he had not seen nor heard from his close family friend and roommate, WRIGHT, since 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2015. On November 10, 2015, WRIGHT’S body was located within a white-colored Lexus registered to WRIGHT in the area of 98 East 16th Street in Brooklyn, New York. WRIGHT’s body was concealed by a large garbage bag in the rear of the vehicle, and it was determined that WRIGHT had suffered head trauma. The Closter Police Department was notified by the NYPD of the discovery of WRIGHT’S body, at which time the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Squad was also notified and joined the investigation.
During the year-long investigation, detectives determined that WRIGHT was drugged and murdered in his Closter home by HOLDBROOKS, his longtime roommate, and HOLDBROOK’s accomplice, VICTOR. Detectives determined that, following the murder, HOLDBROOKS and VICTOR loaded the body of Michael WRIGHT into WRIGHT’S white Lexus. VICTOR then drove the vehicle with WRIGHT’S body to 16th Street in Brooklyn where he abandoned the vehicle, while HOLDBROOKS remained at the Closter home.
As a result of the investigation, HOLDBROOKS and VICTOR were arrested on November 1, 2016 in New York City by detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the Closter Police Department, and the NYPD 70th Precinct. Each were charged with the following offenses: one count of Murder, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3A (1-2), a first degree crime; Possession of a Weapon, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4D, a third degree crime; Desecration of Human Remains, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:22-1A(1), a second degree crime; Hindering Apprehension, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-3B(1), a third degree crime; and Possession of Gama Hydroxybutyrate ("GHB"), in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.2, a third degree crime.
The Honorable Susan STEELE, P.J.Cr. of the Bergen County Superior Court, set bail at $3,000,000.00 with no ten percent option for each defendant. HOLDBROOKS and VICTOR are awaiting extradition from New York to New Jersey. Upon arrival to New Jersey, a first appearance will be scheduled.
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Grewal states that the above charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Acting Prosecutor Grewal would like to commend and thank the members of the Closter Police Department, the NYPD 70th Precinct Detective Squad, and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office for their extraordinary assistance in this investigation.